Trend analysis in my experience is generally done through manual (human) review and exploration of data through various BI tools, these tools do a great job by visually highlighting data that can be of interest to the data analyst, and when coupled with data-mining techniques such as clustering and forecasting, it gives us invaluable and actionable information that can help us further explore and exploit the business or data model at hand. As far as I can tell, the name of the game these days is “exploratory data analysis and mining”, at least in terms of Business Intelligence products on the market and the direction they are taking.
Archive for month: December, 2012
There are a few ways you could grant a user execution permission on stored procedures, through assigning permissions on different object hierarchies (objects/schema/database) you can control the level of permissions to ensure optimum security and flexibility.
This post will go through how to grant SQL Server execution permissions on individual stored procedure objects within a database, how to grant execution permission on all object within a schema (including functions), and finally how to grant execution permission across the whole database.
SQL Server provides Full-Text search capabilities through it’s Full-Text Index, a mature document search tool with neat features like thesaurus and stop-word integration as well as some semantic search and keyword extraction features in SQL Server 2012.
The Full-Text Index is used through 2 (scalar) functions CONTAINS and FREETEXT, and 2 (table-valued) functions CONTAINSTABLE and FREETEXTTABLE. In this post I will be briefly exploring the difference between each of those functions.
SQL Server uses two methods to ensure transactional consistency and protects the data that is being accessed, these are Locks and Row-Versioning, these methods ensure that you manage your data concurrency effectively by specifying the level of access other transactions have to the data being processed, the game here is to balance either resources or data integrity against concurrency.
SQL Server queries can be returned as a valid XML as well as a rowset (by default), there are multiple ways you could control the format the end result XML is returned in, giving SQL developers flexibility that can meet most of the demand of an application consuming this XML data. XML support has been natively built into SQL Server since the 2005 release.
In this post I will be briefly exploring the different type of XML output modes supported by SQL Server through the FOR XML statement.